Docudays UA 13th Edition

The festival poster is to be seen around Kiev – the bears are there and not only ”inside us”, read elsewhere what the creative organizers want to communicate with that.

A much more direct communication is to be found in the catalogue that was given to me yesterday in the busy headquarter of the Cinema House, that hosts the opening ceremony tonight followed by Vitaly Manski’s film ”Under the Sun” from North Korea. The festival runs until 1st of April.

Here are a couple of (edited) citations from the catalogue:

Alla Tyutyunnyk, member of the Organizing Committee – ”Beyond Illusion is the topic… We selected it because, after the Maidan, the feeling that humanity is currently struggling through illusions towards some new civilizational order is getting ever stronger. The illusion of the stability in a world order that was agreed upon by strong democratic countries is collapsing. The world’s illusion of Ukraine’s weakness and inability of Ukrainians to self-organize has been dispelled. The illusions about relying on the international institutions in the UN-system, created to secure the world order without war and aggression and to protect human rights, have been dispelled…”

Carl Gershman, president of the National Endownmen for Democracy – ”I applaud the way Docudays UA has defined the basic issue confronting Ukraine as the need to move beyond false hopes and to base its future strategy on a hard-headed assessment of real threats, challenges, and opportunities…Yes, it is an illusion that Russia under Putin will ever accept a democratic and independent Ukraine. But if Ukraine can prevail against Russian aggression, it will be the end of Putin and his delusional ideas of Russian chauvinism and revanchism…”

Inna Pidluska, International Renaissance Foundation – ”For 13 years Docudays UA has been telling the stories of people, who challenged the unjust system… documentaries have given courage and the will to fight for freedom and resist evil. This is the generation of a new Ukraine that we seek… Docudays UA is a source of inspiration…”

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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